JASPER, TN (WRCB) -- Make it eight straight for the boys from South Pittsburg over rival Marion County. It wasn't as easy as the past three, but the Pirates used a mix of big plays and one lengthy drive to win the District 6-A Title, 35-17.
South Pittsburg's Jajuan Lankford was named WRCB Player of the Game. Lankford piled up 220-yards rushing on 20 touches with two touchdowns. One from 63-yards and one from 52-yards.
The Pirates jumped out to a 14-3 lead after Lankford's first touchdown and a 49-yard returned fumble recovery from Kahlil Mitchell. Mitchell also rushed for 103-yards on 14 touches.
Blake Zeman gave the Warriors their second lead of the game in the second quarter after his second short touchdown.
Down 17-14, the Pirates forced a punt and within a minute to the half Lankford gracefully sprinted 52-yards for his second touchdown to put South Pittsburg back in front for good, 21-17.
Late in the third quarter the Pirates took advantage of a fourth-down penalty (running into the kicker.)
That 15-play, 75-yard drive ended with a touchdown pass from Kitt Grider to Corbin Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald also intercepted a fourth quarter Marion County pass in the end zone.
South Pittsburg (9-1, 5-0) will be a number one seed in the post season.
Marion County (8-2, 4-1) will learn its fate on Saturday.
Can't find what you're looking for?